People in the News

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

William Martimucci, MD

William Martimucci, MD, of Armonk, New York, internist and geriatrician, was recently honored with Westmed Medical Group’s Dr. Leonard Finkelstein Excellence Award. Each year, the award goes to the physician voted by his or her peers and employees as embodying the clinical quality and selfless devotion to patient care of the award’s namesake, the late Dr. Finkelstein, a founding and admired member of, then, The Westchester Medical Group.

Dr. Martimucci was awarded his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He did his internal medicine residency at The Brooklyn-Caledonian Hospital and a fellowship in geriatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center. After two years in private practice, he joined The Osborn retirement community in Rye, New York, as the on-site medical director from Westmed, a position he would stay in for the next 25 years. Concurrently, he provided — and still provides — primary and geriatric care at Westmed’s office at 1 Theall Road, Rye.


Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP (MCB) announces three new partners of the Firm effective Jan. 1, 2018: Karen B. Corbett, Aisling M. McAllister and Samantha E. Shaw.


Karen B. Corbett

Corbett is a seasoned attorney with over 20 years of experience as a defense attorney specializing in all areas of medical malpractice litigation and nursing home negligence. She represents major teaching hospitals, physicians and medical professionals in medical malpractice actions. She also has extensive nursing home defense experience and podiatric malpractice experience. She has successfully defended a prominent dental school in New York as well as dentists, oral surgeons, podiatrists, chiropractors and nurses. She received her JD in 1996 from Brooklyn Law School and her BS from St. John’s University, cum laude. She is admitted to practice before the state courts of New York, as well as the U.S. District courts for the Southern and Eastern districts of New York. She is also an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association.


Aisling M. McAllister

McAllister is a counselor and litigator with the Firm’s Employment & Labor practice group. She represents clients on employment-related issues ranging from discrimination and harassment to violations of all state and federal wage-and-hour laws in a wide variety of industries, including health care, hospitality, staffing, accounting and retail. She successfully represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State and New York City anti-discrimination agencies. She provides vigorous defense in federal and state courts in employment actions and manages complex and often contentious discovery. She received her BA, with honors, from Rutgers College in 1999 and her JD from the University of Miami School of Law, with International Moot Court Honors, in 2008. She is admitted to practice in New York and the U.S. District courts for the Southern and Eastern districts of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In 2017, she was selected to the Irish Legal 100’s Irish Rising Stars as published in the Irish Voice.


Samantha E. Shaw

Shaw focuses her practice on defending physicians, physician practice groups, teaching hospitals and premiere academic medical centers in malpractice matters. Throughout her career at the Firm, she has been involved in all aspects of litigation defense, including motion practice, defending depositions and extensive courtroom experience. She also assists with the associate training program at the Firm and serves as a mentor to new associates. She received her B.A. in psychology and sociology from New York University in 2006 and her JD from Brooklyn Law School in 2009. She currently sits on MCB’s Publication Committee. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey as well as the U.S. District courts for the Eastern and Southern districts of New York. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association.

MCB is one of the oldest and largest professional liability firms in New York, focusing on defense litigation. The Firm has been recognized by Best Lawyers since inception as a Metropolitan Tier 1 — New York City Best Law Firm.

The Firm, which has offices in Manhattan; Nassau County; Westchester County; Rochester, New York; Roseland, New Jersey; and Stamford, Connecticut, is recognized by both the bench and bar as a leader in defense areas and has served the professional community for over 100 years. For more information, contact Donna E. Edbril, Esq., Managing Partner, at www.mcblaw.com.


Mary P. Leahy, MD, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System/Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, was named one of 16 winners of the Hudson Valley magazine Sixth annual Women in Business Awards. The awards pay tribute to a select group of female executives and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated a consistent level of success in their respective fields and have made a lasting impact both on the economy and in their communities.


Mary P. Leahy, MD, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System/Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, accepts her award at the Hudson Valley magazine Sixth annual Women in Business Awards Luncheon.

Dr. Leahy was named CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System in 2013, with responsibility for setting the system’s strategic vision and providing leadership for systemwide operations and performance for three acute care hospitals, Bon Secours Medical Group, a regional home healthcare agency and two long-term care facilities. She played a key role in facilitating the joint venture between Bon Secours Health System and Westchester Medical Center, which became effective in May 2015.



Eric Hollander, MD, has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Defense to fund research that will examine the effect of a cannabis compound, cannabidivarin, on irritability and repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder.

Eric Hollander, MD, Director, Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program and Anxiety and Depression Program at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Defense to fund a clinical trial at Montefiore that will examine the effect of a cannabis compound, cannabidivarin (CBDV), on irritability and repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

These characteristics are common in children with ASD, and it is thought that the non-psychoactive and safe compound CBDV may be an effective way to address behaviors such as aggression, self-injurious behavior and tantrums. Dr. Hollander has dedicated his career to investigating the root causes of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He has more than 28 years of clinical and translational research experience, having been principal investigator on several federal grants and authored hundreds of research papers.



John Lyddane

Dorf & Nelson LLP announces that noted medical malpractice defense litigator John Lyddane has joined the firm as a partner. Lyddane will head up Dorf & Nelson’s Medical Malpractice Defense Group in New York. He joins the firm from Martin Clearwater & Bell.

Lyddane has tried well over 250 cases to dismissal or verdict. His cases have included malpractice claims and product liability as well as general commercial litigation, usually with a highly technical factual component. He is also a widely published and frequent speaker on professional liability and risk management topics.

His wide-ranging roster of corporate clients has included hospitals, insurance carriers, product manufacturers, large residential landlords, municipalities and the state of New York. He also has represented numerous prominent individual defendants, including physicians at teaching hospitals, other attorneys and engineers. Additionally, he has served as national claims counsel for two corporate suppliers of medical services.

Lyddane holds a JD from Syracuse University School of Law and a BA from the University of Rochester.


Premier Medical Group announces that effective Jan. 1, 2018, the physicians and staff of TLC Pediatrics have merged with the group. The group also announces that Sunhee Woo, MD, FACP, and David Cho, MD, FACP, have joined the Internal Medicine division.


From left: Trisha Reyes, FNP; Kimberly Clare, MD, FAAP; Marie Michele Constant, MD; Cesar Villaflor, MD, FAAP; Parvaneh Borojeni, MD; Joseph Calabro, MD, FAAP; and Christian Hietanen, DO

David Cho, MD, FACP, and Sunhee Woo, MD, FACP

They are seeing patients at their new, convenient Poughkeepsie locations:

  • Dr. Cho — 243 North Road, Suite 204, Poughkeepsie NY 12601
  • Dr. Woo — 696 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie NY 12603